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Dave123

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    Candide (II)
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    Staffordshire

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  1. Dave123

    Where's this?

    Yes as it is heading north if that's the salt works outside middlewich
  2. Dave123

    Moorings on Peak Forest Canal.

    Dukinfield junction is lovely, have heard the Hyde has a bad reputation but never stopped there so can't really say. Any of the rural spots after Hyde seem fine but never many boats there. It's just quite a quiet canal though. Some beautiful mooring spots around Romiley and the bottom of the locks
  3. Dave123

    Temp Mooring Thames Abingdon or Above

    Anywhere upstream of Abingdon is a lot of River! Oxford cruisers at Eynsham often have space, have left the boat with them before.
  4. Dave123

    continuous cruising and having a car

    I have just started doing exactly this...cc'ing with a car as I need it to drive to work as the new job doesn't have good public transport links sadly. It's been very easy so far but I stay moored for a week minimum. I can see it being a drag if you move a considerable mileage every day or so. For me though, as others have said, I enjoy the walk back to get the car when I do move and it's not usually more than a couple of hours to walk. Parking is very easy and can be checked in advance using Google maps and street view. Went for as small a car as possible to help squeeze into spaces though. It does feel like a lifeline too as not so many boat yards or fuel boats now I have left the London/Grand union so the car could be used to go and collect coal or empty an elsan.
  5. Dave123

    Basingstoke canal Stoppage

    Glad to hear you got off and that the canal is up and running again. It is a fantastic canal...really enjoyed everything about it when we went on it last autumn. Was there no way you could have been cranked out at Odiham or somewhere?
  6. Dave123

    Marple Lock 11 update

    Slightly off topic but lock 11 was featured in the BBC1 ambulance documentary last week, a crew had to attend to a boat there! Was during the summer heatwave so not sure why the boat was there as the flight was already closed afaik
  7. Dave123

    winter is coming...

    Ah yeah...but the prediluted stuff is ok to add direct? It's 50/50 water antifreeze I think
  8. Dave123

    Vandalism hot spots.

    Are you sure this wasn't the north end (the orange end?) Always considered the south portal one of the safe spots near Stoke (along with Westport lake)
  9. Dave123

    winter is coming...

    Might be better moving this thread to the maintenance section and making the title clearer? I just put antifreeze (the pink 5 year life span stuff) into the water tank on the rare occasion I need to top it up. But I have a different engine, hopefully others more knowledgeable will be along to advise!
  10. Dave123

    Are the canals unpleasantly overcrowded ?

    They aren't over crowded...even in central London it's perfectly possible to find a mooring if you stop early enough and do it on a weekend. Most of London would be unmoorable without loads of boats already there as it is only lots of moored boats that has made large stetches safe enough and pleasant enough to even consider mooring in... It might feel overcrowded occasionally if you are trying to go through Hillmorton or Fradley on a sunny Saturday in the summer but this is more because these are bottle neck points on the network where several routes converge. Since moving south from the T&M 2 years ago I can't recall a single lock queue where there was more than one lock operation before I locked through (except at Marsworth waiting for the lock closure to finish)...
  11. Dave123

    Looking for a marina nr. London

    Harefield are great and a very rural spot, you can also walk to Denham station and be in central London in 45 mins (including the walk). Think they have a fair few residential boats but I was only there as a visitor so unsure of the situation with residents
  12. Dave123

    When do you run your engine?

    Haven't had to run my engine for charging since I got solar panels last year (except when I had no choice but to moor under a huge tree for a week- and then it was only for an hour middle of the day). Have occasionally had noisey engines being run next door but usually just go out for a walk or sit at the other end of the boat. Nice thing about a boat is you can usually always move somewhere else if the neighbours are annoying!
  13. Dave123

    First Frost

    Think there was a small bit of frost here in Harefield too! Stove on for the first time this autumn...
  14. Dave123

    Thank You Whoever You Are

    The excellent BBC documentary 'Ambulance' featured a segment where a narrowboat ferried paramedics and a patient along a stretch of the canal which looked to be near Shirley lift bridge on the north Stratford! There must be a lot of places where a boat is the only option for access!
  15. Dave123

    River Great Ouse

    is this because of low water levels?
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